Thursday, August 7, 2014 — The Mammoth Cheese

14-08-07 BLOG The Original Mammoth Cheese

The orig­i­nal Mam­moth Cheese of Inger­soll, Ontario, in 1866.

A commemorative of the cheese made in the 1950s.

A com­mem­o­ra­tive of the cheese made in the 1950s.

FILMSJULY 2014

(Flo­rey 1932) Mur­ders in the Rue Morgue
(Yarbrough 1946) The She-Wolf of Lon­don
(Donen 1967) Bedaz­zled
(Davies 1976) Chil­dren
(Lot­terby 1986) Yes, Prime Min­is­ter: Ep.3 ― The Smoke Screen
(Lot­terby 1986) Yes, Prime Min­is­ter: Ep.4 ― The Key
(Mar­tino 1978) Moun­tain of the Can­ni­bal God Read more »

First-time listening for July 2014

24560. (Josquin des Prez) Missa Mal­heur me bat
24561. (Josquin des Prez) Missa For­tuna des­per­ata
24562. (Nol­wenn Leroy) Bre­tonne
24563. (Wil­son Pick­ett) The Very Best of Wil­son Pick­ett
24564. (Trey Anas­ta­sio) Sur­ren­der to the Air
24565. (Soeurs Goadec) Pub­lic à Bobino Read more »

READINGJULY 2014

24598. [6] (Edgar Pang­born) A Mir­ror for Observers
24599. (Mikhail Vasi­lye­vich Lomonosov) An Evening Reflec­tion Upon God’s Grandeur
. . . . . Prompted by the Great North­ern Lights [Вечернее размышление о божием
. . . . . величестве при случае великаго северного сияния] (poem)
24600. (Mikhail Zoshchenko) Hon­est Cit­i­zen [story]
24601. (Brian M. Sta­ble­ford) Jour­ney to the Cen­ter
24602. (Anon. c. 1300) Ómag­yar Mária-siralom [Lamen­ta­tions of Mary] Read more »

We have seen thee, queen of cheese

I’m doing a lit­tle research on Cana­dian lit­er­a­ture of the 19th cen­tury. This is not a field that over­whelms the researcher with an abun­dance of mas­ter­pieces. Canada, at this time, was an empty, rugged, pio­neer­ing place, vaguely British in the soci­ety of its small urban elite, but for most peo­ple cul­tur­ally closer the the west­ern parts of the United States. Mon­treal had a mod­est lit­er­ary life in French, draw­ing on sev­eral cen­turies of folk­lore and even pro­duc­ing a few operas. These works were unknown in the rest of the French-speaking world. English-speaking Mon­treal­ers were more inter­ested in com­merce than cul­ture. Out­side of Mon­treal, the only real city, there was not much other than small towns, farms and wilder­ness.  Read more »

FILMSJUNE 2014

(Singer 2000) X-Men [Riff­Trax ver­sion]
(Barry 1975) Poldark: Ep.2
(Barry 1975) Poldark: Ep.3
(Sagal 1971) The Omega Man
(Slatzer 1968) The Hell­cats [Mys­tery Sci­ence The­atre ver­sion] Read more »

First-time listening for June 2014

24527. (Sol­dat Louis) Pre­mière bor­dée
24528. (Cole­man Hawkins) Desa­fi­nado
24529. (Armens) Une ombre
24530. (Giuseppe Verdi) Messa solenne
24531. (Giuseppe Verdi) Qui tol­lis
24532. (Giuseppe Verdi) Tan­tum ergo in F Read more »

READINGJUNE 2014

24537. (Thomas Piketty) Le Cap­i­tal au XXIe siè­cle
24538. (John Dry­den) An Essay of Dra­matic Poesy
24539. (Jan Michal Bur­dukiewicz) Microlith Tech­nol­ogy in the Stone Age [arti­cle]
24540. (George Mon­biot) It’s Sim­ple. If We Can’t Change Our Eco­nomic Sys­tem, Our
. . . . . Number’s Up [arti­cle]
24541. (Thomas Piketty) On the Long Run Evo­lu­tion of Inher­i­tance — France, 1820–2050
. . . . . [arti­cle] Read more »

Sibelius Quartets

"Kullervo paimenessa" (1896) by Sigfrid August Keinänen

“Kullervo paime­nessa” (1896) by Sigfrid August Keinänen

The concert-going pub­lic doesn’t asso­ciate Sibelius with cham­ber music, but he actu­ally com­posed quite a bit of it, includ­ing four string quar­tets. One of them, the Quar­tet in D Minor, Op.56, known as “Voces Inti­mae”, has made it into the stan­dard reper­toire. With it’s jaunty rhythms, pecu­liar twists and turns, and fre­netic pas­sages that must work up a sweat among the play­ers, it has won a place in the sun, though it’s not in the same league with the famous Beethoven, Bartók, or Dvořák quar­tets. It’s always been a favourite of mine, because it seems to con­vey a mood that hits me occa­sion­ally, for which there is no com­mon name. It was com­posed around the time of the stark, intro­spec­tive Fourth Sym­phony, and it shares some of its strange­ness. But Sibelius com­posed three oth­ers, sel­dom per­formed. The first, in E-flat, is a youth­ful effort with lit­tle to com­mend it. It’s just warmed-over Hay­den, con­structed by the book. But the sec­ond and third ones, in A Minor and B-flat, are lis­ten­able and enter­tain­ing. Sibelius pretty obvi­ously drew his inspi­ra­tion from Dvořák, but you can hear dis­tinc­tively Sibelian ele­ments in both. The B-flat one has evolved suf­fi­ciently to stand next to Voces Inti­mae with­out shame, and it should be played more.

FILMSMAY 2014

(Stephani 1936) Flash Gor­don [aka Space Sol­diers]: Ep.4 ― Bat­tling the Sea Beast
(Stephani 1936) Flash Gor­don [aka Space Sol­diers]: Ep.5 ― The Destroy­ing Ray
(Stephani 1936) Flash Gor­don [aka Space Sol­diers]: Ep.6 ― Flam­ing Tor­ture
(Stephani 1936) Flash Gor­don [aka Space Sol­diers]: Ep.7 ― Shat­ter­ing Doom
(Stephani 1936) Flash Gor­don [aka Space Sol­diers]: Ep.8 ― Tour­na­ment of Death
(Scardino 2013) The Incred­i­ble Burt Won­der­stone
(Stern 2013) jOBS Read more »